Today Is: Sunday, August 09, 2020 02:24 PM. Our Topic of the Week: Unity

Check our Help area first!

Comments? Suggestions?

Contact us now!

We like hearing feedback from members on how to improve the site!

Author Name: Freebarbinar 4 Comments
Date Added: May 16, 2010 15:05:31 Average Score: (Needs 2)
Views This Week
Members: 0
Unique Members: 0
Guests: 123
Total Views
Members: 14
Unique Members: 10
Guests: 505

Type: Unspecified
Category: Inspirational Add To Favorites | Text Only
The Unlit Lamp
Once a man lived alone and was terribly afraid of the dark;
When twilight filled his home, terror filled his heart.
Then one day he received a gift marked, 'Fragile, handle with care'.
Upon seeing what was inside, his eyes filled with tears.
It was a lovely antique lamp with graceful flowing lines;
It's value was far above mention, for it had stood the test of time.
The man said within himself, 'What a precious, precious gift;
I will put it out of harms way, high upon this shelf.'
So there the lamp did sit as years and years went by,
And still the man struggled with fear each day as night drew nigh.
Then one day he had an idea, 'What a fool I've been', he said with hope;
'The lamp needs only to be filled with oil; that will help me in the darkness cope.
For having the lamp ready to use will surely dispel, in part,
The awful fear I experience at twilight, deep in my heart'.
So again the lamp was placed, now oiled and ready to serve,
Upon that high, high shelf, in case he should loose his nerve.
But still the battle raged and fear took control of him
Each lonely evening tide when the light of the sun grew dim.
'What good is it to me', he cried, 'to possess this lovely gift,
And still to live in agony until the shadows lift?'
In desperation he took an ember and touched the soft wick part;
Longed for light flooded his home, and relief flooded his heart;
Joy bubbled up inside him, on his lips there was a song;
His only sad regret was that he had waited so long.
Now, what is the moral here?  Is there aught that we can learn
From the man with the lovely lamp who would not let it burn?
The lamp is our salvation, and the oil is fervent prayer;
To light the wick an act of faith; as the darkness fled, so will our cares.

Author's Notes:
God's gifts are in our hands, it remains with us to set them in motion.
Report Offensive Poem.

'The Unlit Lamp' Copyright © Barbara Carleton
Copyright is property of the above author or group. Reproduction in whole or in part is strictly prohibited.
Click here if you feel this poem is in violation of a copyright.
Click here to send this poem to someone!

Comment By: FreesHeRi on May 18, 2010 06:50:44 PM Report
There is always a great moral behind your work. I enjoyed this mainly because I have sat in the dark for far to long when   i could have been walking in light. I found the Lord, my first light and overcame depression and anxiety, my second light.


Excellent message again Barb.

Comment By: FreeThe Bag Lady on May 17, 2010 10:46:00 AM Report
Nicely done, Barbara.....Interesting storyline....

Margaret....the Baglady

Comment By: FreeShe Whispers on May 17, 2010 12:42:51 AM Report
Comment By: FreeLinda Jo on May 17, 2010 12:05:01 AM Report
I really appreciate this story...especially the application, "the lamp is our salvation and the oil is fervent prayer."  great flow with these excellent rhymes!  I really like your style and look forward to reading more...♥


Check for Announcements.
on our Home page!

User poems are sometimes graced by images and textures stored on our site
courtesy of, Sandy Hradil, and Sherri Emily.

Welcome, Guest!

Become part of our
friendly community
of on-line writers!

Join today!
Forget Username or Password?

Members On Line: 0
Guests On Line: 51
Members in Chat: 0

Happy Birthday

leahlopez (35)

We Thank You!

For your donations
and subscriptions!
P.O. Box 7931
The Woodlands, TX 77387

Copyright © 2003-2017  All Rights Reserved. Use of this site is subject to certain
Terms of Service rules which constitute a legal agreement between you and
By providing links to other sites, neither approves of, endorses, or gurantees
any information, opinions, or products found on those sites. Users follow links at their own risk.